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Straightening a 21 years old chinese elm trunk 4 years 2 months ago #10202

Hi Everyone

Could anyone help me with this one please,

just bought a 21 year old twisted trunk Chinese elm and would like to
straighten it as much as possible. ive attached 2 pics to show what its like

as I said to get it as straight as possible is d plan so any tricks r advise would be brilliant.

Thanks everyone

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Straightening a 21 years old chinese elm trunk 4 years 2 months ago #10205

Forget it. There is no way you will take any bend out of that tree. Take some cuttings or buy one with a straighter trunk.
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Straightening a 21 years old chinese elm trunk 4 years 2 months ago #10206

Or you can trunk chop it and give it more natural curves and taper.
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Straightening a 21 years old chinese elm trunk 4 years 2 months ago #10211

what about notching it??
would this be an option??
has anyone here ever done it b4 and if so how difficult is it??
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Straightening a 21 years old chinese elm trunk 4 years 2 months ago #10216

Not sure what you mean by notching, trying to change the style of it would not be best for it, use the style it is,. What makes you think it is that old? looks more like 5 years old to me.but age is mot important, Still you would better finding another cheap tree if you must have one with a straigher trunk.
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Straightening a 21 years old chinese elm trunk 4 years 2 months ago #10219

Notching is normally done on trees that callus easy, and this tree will need a serious cut to be bend.Not sure if it will heal in the next 10 years after notching it. Another option is to air layer it just above the first left branch and make 2 trees. That is easy.
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